Body located 'deep within' park where missing Orange Co. woman's vehicle found
7:53 PM, Jul 27, 2013
11:15 PM, Jul 27, 2013
WINDERMERE / THONOTOSASSA, Fla. - A body has been found "deep within" Hillsborough River State Park after a missing central Florida woman's vehicle was found there Saturday afternoon, according to detectives.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez said the search for Darcy Miller widened to the Tampa Bay area after the discovery of her vehicle Saturday.
Miller's white 2007 Honda Fit was found in the Thonotosassa park by Florida Fish and Wildlife officials two days after she went missing from her home in Lakeside at the Lakes of Windermere Condos in Orange County.
Following an air and ground search, Bermudez Nunez announced a body that has been tentatively identified as Miller was found deep in the park.
Miller's cause of death is pending an autopsy, but HCSO detectives said they found no signs of foul play and do not believe there is a suspect at large Saturday night.
Detectives were working to determine how Miller's vehicle made it to the county. Bermudez Nunez said detectives were processing the vehicle for any clues, but Miller was not with the vehicle when it was discovered.
They are also working to determine how long Miller's vehicle was in the park.
According to Orange County Sheriff's officials, Miller left her home around 10:15 a.m. Thursday and contacted family members around 12:30 p.m. to inform them that she was going shopping at the Mall of Millenia in Orlando, but never returned home.
"It is unusual behavior for Miller to not keep in contact with her family or friends," according to OCSO officials.
Miller was prescribed medication that she did not have with her, but it is not known why she needed the medication.